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if it were taken down and reconstructed it would require a firewall. i believe that the repair work has been done and those are just factors and yeah, it is not uncommon to have the graod neighbor gestures on the alterations. this one when they were reviewing it and looking at it, it was not clear cut. at times we wait on the planning commission to kind of... >> i am going to make a motion and not make anybody happy. you take dr and approve the project with a 5-foot set back on the dr requestor's side and extend the wall out to the line or whatever we are calling this thing, the averaging line, that we can build out to that averaging line at the back.
>> second. >> public comment is closed. thank you. >> commissioners, borden? >> i know that i mean that i just feel like we are going to modify the person's project at least we should figure out with the architect how that works out because five feet is a lot. that is the other factor, when we are evaluating these projects in reality it is moderate in the things that we see. and those things also have consideration. >> maybe the project architect could just talk about that, i am sorry. >> so the five foot set back,
on the property line, for your floor planning? how does that... >> first of all, i want to address that, again, there is like 15 stairs are right on the property, the common property line and we are not even going to be close, we are going to be pulled back 6 inches from that solid wall. so the casing arounded five-foot not is related to the
other portion of the... these two windows here, if you are putting these in appendage and moving it over five feet. no just taking the five feet out and putting it the other direction. >> could you show us the floor plan that you are extending? sir i am sorry, you need to speak into the microphone. this is just in that. proposing this wall to come up father. >> correct. >> that reduces the deck.
and which we know that the owners like. >> i am talking about the interior space. >> i know, so what you are saying is that the blue line is going to be exterior wall out to here. it is going to extend farther, correct? >> yes. >> we are going to kind of push and pull here. one of the expectations of the owner is that they do entertain and want to have a higher deck than just a normal. >> other than the deck, for the interior floor plan space, on ... >> you can see that solid blue line in here. but there is a window here. this is >> i guess that the only thing
that makes a difference is in terms of what you were concerned about? we can just push it back, i guess. >> you just push out the deck out five feet you don't lose any space. you need to get a variance? all right. >> let me have the staff explain, because this would cause a variance? >> no the deck would. if we extended this deck to the side. >> he has limitations on how far back the deck and they can't over the previous plan and was actually resulting in the interference and they came back with this alternative not to have to go that route. i don't think that the administrator is going to be inclined of granting a variance in that scenario anyway. we don't want to create a solution that is going to cause
a further problem for them. >> i think that with the stairs already being there, i don't see it >> then vote against the motion. >> i wanted to be sure from the interior space. >> no. >> commissioner hillis? >> i think that five feet is a lot to take off that side given that they have a five-foot set back there and there is only one window there that is affected. so maybe amenable to a smaller chunk out of that. >> how much are you talking about? >> three? three. three works for me. >> two. >> two and a half. there is a motion and a second. >> he says two and a half and i say two and a half.
>> could you say that on the record. >> two and a half. >> and not liking it. >> but are you suggesting that they could go farther back? >> without triggering a variance, without the allowable requirement. >> yes. >> commissioners, then on that motion to take dr and approve the project, reducing or requiring a two and a half foot set back, adjacent to the dr requestor's site property line and extending the rear addition to the rear yard adding. >> commissioner antonini? >> aye. >> commissioner borden? >> no. >> hillis? >> aye. >> moore? >> no. >> sugaya. >> aye >> and president fong? >> aye. >> so moved, that motion passes 4-2. with commissioners borden and moore voting against. >> commissioners, you are now on public comment.
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soccer field and so there were a lot of people that came to the table that had their wish list and we did our best to make sure that we kind of divided up spaces and made sure that we kept the old features of the playground but we were able to enhance all of those features. >> the playground and the soccer field and the tennis fields and it is such a key part of this neighborhood. >> we want kids to be here. we want families to be here and we want people to have athletic opportunities. >> we are given a real
responsibility to insure that the public's money is used appropriately and that something really special comes of these projects. we generally have about an opportunity every 50 years to redo these spaces. and it is really, really rewarding to see children and families benefit, you know, from the change of culture, at each one of these properties >> and as a result of, what you see behind us, more kids are playing on our soccer fields than ever before. we have more girls playing sports than we have ever had before. [ applause ] fp >> and we are sending a strong message that san francisco families are welcome and we want you to stay.
this pioneering and forward looking spirit is alive in san francisco government as well. the new headquarters of the san francisco public utilities commission at a5 25 golden gate avenue is more than just a 13-story building and office ablation. instead, city leaders, departments and project managers join forces with local architectural firms ked to build one of the greatest office buildings in america. that's more than a building. that's a living system. ♪ ♪ when san francisco first bought this land in 1999, it was home to a state office building. >> this was an old eight-story brown building the state owned and the workers' comp people
were in that building. it was an old dee correctvth it building for decades. when i was a member of the board of supervisors, all of us wondered why we hadn't done anything there and the mayor thought the same. >> if an earthquake happened, the building was uninhabitable. it sat there vacant for quite a while. the city decided to buy the building in 1999 for $2. we worked and looked at ways that we can utilize the building for an office building. to build an icon i can building that will house a lot of city departments. >> the san francisco public utilities commission has an important job. we provide clean, pristine public drinking water to 2.6 million people in the san francisco bay area from the hetch hetchy regional water system. with also generate clean renewable energy for city services like public buses, hospitals, schools, and much more. and finally, we collect and treat all the city's wastewater and stormwater making it safe enough to discharge into the san francisco bay and pacific ocean. >> in 2006 the puc was planning
a record number of projects. >> the public utilities commission is a very infrastructure-rich organization. we're out there rebuilding the water system. we've budget working on power generation in the country. we've been doing sewer for the city. we're looking at a brand-new rebuild of all watt systems in san francisco and we haven't had a home that's been other than mental. >> they staff over 900 people. the puc is in two office locations. >> you know, this is such a great place for a building. if the puc owned that building and we could make that the icon i can sustainable building puc represents, wouldn't be a dramatic idea? >> so, one of the major decisions we made was we wanted to make a statement with this building. we wanted this building to be a lead platinum building which is very few buildings in san francisco that achieved this mark. >> leadership and energy environmental design, it takes
a look at the way we think about the places where we live and work. i like to think of it as designed for human and environmental health. lead addresses five categories that enhances environment. indoor air quality, energy, water, materials and resources, and sustainable sites are the five categories for the lead. you can go for several gold or platinum certifications. >> the city wanted to be silver lead status. . maybe gold was a stretch. and people said, if we're going to be a sustainable organization that the pucs this has got to be the top of the line. it's got to be a lead platinum building. what does that mean to us? we run water, power, and sewer. so, those are some of the biggest things involved in lead platinum. ♪ ♪ >> by late 2008 the project, as we got the contractor on board
and we were able to start pricing it, we're a multi-, multi-, multi-million dollar over budget. >> the story a lot of people don't know after we got select today do this project, the first price we came in with was $180 million. and the city said, you know, this is a great building, but we just don't want to spend that much money. so, the project was on the verge of being canceled. >> if you're looking at why this building came to be, in many ways it also included mayor gavin newsome, particularly, who really had an affection for this building. he saw the design. he saw the potential. he wanted to make sure that that building got built. and he said, do what you need to do, but please, if you can make that building work, we need to have that building in civic center. >> i happened to be at a green conference santa clara. he said you shouldn't cancel that project. can you work with us? michael cohen phoned me up the next day. can we cut $40 million out of this project?
it was one person more responsible than any others, it's tony irons, was the architect that was responsible for the revitalization of city hall who came to my office and said, we cannot abandon this. we can't walk away from this project. we have an opportunity to really take a lot of our values and principles, particularly raising the bar as we did as a city on our green building standards, mandating the most aggressive green building standards for private construction anywhere in the united states. and showcasing them in this new building. >> the city for the sfpuc, it was critical that the building stay as a lead building. the easiest thing to do to cut out millions of dollars, let's just go from lead platinum to lead gold. but that wasn't the objective. this needed to be the best example of energy conservation of any office building in the united states. >> we became involved in the san francisco public utilities headquarter project during the time when the project was at